Deadly train crash claims 32 lives in Sindhs Ghotki

07 Juin, 2021, 10:07 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
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At least 30 people were killed and dozens injured Monday in a train crash in southern Pakistan, police said.

According to local media, some of the passengers were traveling by the Millat Express train to attend a wedding party but it was unclear whether they were among the dead or injured.

Carriages of the Millat express travelling from Karachi to Sargoda derailed in Ghotki district between Raiti and Dherki and were hit by the oncoming Sir Syed Express from Rawalpindi to Karachi.

Rescue operations are underway, and an emergency was declared in hospitals in Ghotki, Sharki, Obaro and Mirpur Mathelo, according to news agency PTI.

Ghotki Deputy Commissioner Usman Abdullah said that 13 to 14 bogies had derailed in the incident while six to eight were destroyed. It will take time to use heavy machinery to free citizens (still trapped).

He said there were up to 25 people in one compartment yet to be accessed.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was shocked by the "horrific accident" and added that he had asked the railways minister to reach the site of the accident and ensure medical assistance to the injured and support for the families of those who lost their lives in the mishap.

"Ordering comprehensive investigation into railway safety faultlines".

"I am on my way to the Ghotki district where the tragic train accident happened today", he said.

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TV footage showed ambulances transporting injured passengers to hospitals.

Railways Minister Azam Khan Swati has sought a preliminary investigation report within 24 hours.

Rail accidents are common in Pakistan, which inherited thousands of kilometres of track and trains from former colonial power Britain.

But the network has seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment.

The Tezgam incident followed after another accident on July 11, 2019, when the Quetta-bound Akbar Express crashed into the back of a goods train at Walhar railway station's loop line, near Sadiqabad, leaving 21 passengers dead and 85 injured.

30 people have died after two trains collided in Pakistan.

Some of the injured passengers were listed in critical condition.

A second train packed with passengers then collided with it and overturned.

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